Teacher Appreciation Week

    Posted by  ·  May 6, 2007

    This week is national Teacher Appreciation Week. Both my sons have great teachers and I love this opportunity to thank them. My oldest son has a team of teachers that help him through the day. There are four in particular that I wanted to thank each day with a small something. Here are some ideas I am thinking about:

    • You are out of this world” tag attached to a Milky Way or Mars candy bar
    • You deserve an extra payday!” tag attached to a Payday candy bar
    • There is no ‘sub’stitute for you!” tag attached to a gift card for the local sub shop
    • You are ‘extra’ special” tag with a pack of Extra Gum
    • Thanks for helping Blake ‘bloom’” tag with a bouquet of flowers
    • We appreciate the ‘mounds’ of work you do!” tag attached to a Mounds candy bar
    • Thanks for giving Blake a hand” tag with hand lotion
    • Thanks a ‘latte’!” tag with a gift card from local coffee shop, special coffees or travel mug
    • You are ‘souper’! – soup mix, custom decorated soup bowls or homemade soup
    • Thanks for holding everything together” tag with fun paper clips
    • Just a note to say you are specialcustom made note pads , purchased notepads or post it notes
    • You are a ‘treasure’ tag with Treasures candy
    • You really measure up” tag with a cool ruler, yardstick or measuring tape
    • You are ‘sum’body special” tag with a calculator or math game for the class
    • You are the apple of our eye” with a basket of apples (construction paper leaves with nice sayings—A+ teacher, you’re special etc. can be hot glued to the stems)
    • You are ‘tea’rrific!” tag with a selection of teas
    • You deserve a ‘break’ today! Thanks for your hard work” tag with a Fast-Break candy bar or McDonald’s gift certificates
    • You are a smart cookie” tag with homemade cookies
    • Thanks for a ‘picture’ perfect year” tag with movie coupons or nice picture frame
    • Thanks for making our school year bright” tag with a package of highlighters
    • Thanks for helping Blake grow” tag with flower seeds
    • You are o’fish’ally the best!” tag attached to Goldfish Crackers
    • Thanks for lighting the way” or “You light up our world” with a flashlight or nice candle
    • We are your biggest ‘fan’!”with a cute desk fan, hand held fan or paper fan.
    • Thanks for the ‘time’ you spend with Blake” tag on a cute clock, fun watch or pretty appointment book
    • We are fortunate to have you!” tag with a Chinese take out box filled with fortune cookies
    • You have been a ‘bright’ spot in our year!” tag with a package of highlighters
    • You are a joy!” tag attached to an Almond Joy candy bar
    • Thanks for giving Blake a hand!” tag attached to work or garden gloves filled with candy
    • You have been just ‘write’ for Blake!” package of nice pencils or pens in a case or container
    • You rock!” tag with pop rocks, rock candy, Rock Star soft drink or painted rock for a paperweight
    • You have been ‘key’ to Blake’s success!” tag attached to a key ring, maybe a pretty handmade beaded one
    • We are ‘nuts’ about you!” tag attached to some nuts
    • You ‘float’ above the rest” tag attached to a balloon or a fun pool float for the summer
    • You are worth more than a 100 grand to Blake!” tag attached to a 100 Grand candy bar
    • You ‘mint’ so much to us this year” tag attached to some mints
    • You were ‘mint’ to be a teacher!” tag attached to some mints
    • “Here is a ‘pat’ on the back for doing such a great job!” tag attached to a gift certificate for a massage
    • You are an ‘amazing’ teacher” tag attached to an Amazing candy bar

    You can find more ideas here.

    Do you have any ideas that you have used to thank your children’s teachers? I would love to hear about them!

    We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.

    ~Cynthia Ozick

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    1. Thursday, January 1st, 2015
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    2. Thursday, October 24th, 2013
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    3. Teri McInnes
      Monday, October 15th, 2012
      Thank you for all your great ideas!!!!
      I co-ordinate a Staff Appreciation Committee at my daughters school.
      We try to do something nice for the staff/teachers once a month.
      Since this is my 4th year co-ordinating,i am ALWAYS looking for new ideas.
      We have a very limited budget and your ideas are a god-send!!!

      Thank you!!!
    4. Janice
      Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
      Love your ideas!!!
    5. Babs
      Saturday, November 12th, 2011
      Great ideas!
    6. AT
      Thursday, September 1st, 2011
      I am looking for a teacher appreciation saying to go with a box of markers. Any great ideas?
    7. Friday, April 15th, 2011

      I would love to use some of your teacher appreciation ideas on my site www.westseattle.macaronikid.com a kid / parent oriented site. I would of course give you full credit. ( your ideas are very cute )

      I look forward to hearing from you !

    8. Cheryl Ann
      Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
      Love this site!
      Always trying to come up with a theme for the school teacher appreciation week is hard. Last year we did "our teachers and staff rock" the kindergarten class made pet rocks for the teachers.
      This year thiking of doing something with "light" in the title. you can get the 3" round white candles at $ store and cut a paper to go around the candle. Kids can color with peranemt marker on the plain white copy paper. Then using a heat tool gun heat you wrap the candle with kids paper and heat with tool into the candle making it appear to be part of the candle. A little time consuming, so collect the colr drawings from kids and make outside class.
    9. Friday, October 29th, 2010
      I will certainly be referring back to this blog article later in the year! I'm room parent for my son's class this year and this will be a lifesaver!
    10. sandy
      Thursday, April 29th, 2010
      This is great! Thanks a bunch!!!
    11. Thursday, April 29th, 2010
      Inspired by your fabulous sayings and a neat idea from thestampteacher.blogspot.com my daughter and I made some neat treats for the staff at her school. Check them out at theleakinglife.blogspot.com.

      Thanks for the inspiration!
    12. Anna
      Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
      For "3 musketeer" you can use All for One and One for All!!! :)
    13. Kelley
      Sunday, April 25th, 2010
      Anyone have an idea for a quote with a "3 musketeer" candy bar....I am stumped! Thanks
    14. Stacy
      Friday, April 23rd, 2010
      I saw an idea where you take a pen apart and wrap pretty paper around the ink barrel then put the pen back together. I think it would be cute to print the teacher's name on some paper so the pens would be personalized. The idea was from: http://chocolateonmycranium.blogspot.com/2010/04/prettying-up-regular-pens.html
    15. Monday, April 19th, 2010
      I've also seen the idea of the 100 Grand bars, but the mini size. Put 10 in a bag and 'you're worth a million!'
    16. Friday, April 9th, 2010
      And something for the very many good teachers aspiring to be great teachers -the characteristics of great teachers being not dissimilar, an intersting and inspirational site: www.orhanseyfiari.com/arigreatteachers.html
    17. tracy
      Saturday, April 11th, 2009
      although I wish I had a picture. If you make brownies in a 9x9 bowl. Cut it directly in half and then lay it lengthwise, so it is like 18 x 4. Cut the top into a triangle and then frost it to look like a pencil. I usually have a saying ' pencils are no. 2, because teachers are no. 1"

      you can also give your teachers regular no. 2 pencils with the same saying.
    18. Sunday, August 17th, 2008
      What a great post, thank you so muc for sharing this. Tons of great ideas here.
    19. Monday, June 23rd, 2008
      Great ideas!!!
    20. Sunday, May 11th, 2008
      Awesome ideas and very affordable! My son is in preschool and he has about 4 teachers that rotate throughout the day. Plus my daughter always wants to do something special for the p.e. coach, the art teacher, the principal...etc..etc - the gifts can add up quickly! Thank you so much for sharing.... I linked here through "Tip Junkie". I am so gonna subscribe to your blog!
      Happy Mother's Day!!!!
    21. Katrina
      Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
      Awesome ideas-I am on day 4 for our "Teacher Appreciation Week" looking for a quick idea for tomorrow. Monday was microwave popcorn "Popping up to say you are GREAT". Tuesday was an orange "Orange you SPECIAL". Wednesday was a box of Smart Start cereal "Thank you for a Smart Start to ___grade". (filled in with the next grade level).
    22. Kelly Crady
      Monday, May 5th, 2008
      I need some ideas I have been geeting donations for our schools event and Dairy Queen donated a Sundae for each of our teachers and I am looking for a worderful quote.......HELP!!! Thanks!

      Another one I saw was this place would be a zoo without you.... and attach animal crackers. Keep in mind the principal and I are doing this for all teachers.
    23. Dawn
      Sunday, May 4th, 2008
      These are all great ideas! Thank you for posting them. I have already bookmarked this page for future reference.
    24. Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
      Was referred to your site through Tip Junkie - awesome ideas - and thanks so much for sharing!!
    25. JenniferB
      Friday, April 18th, 2008
      I bought large canvas totes and when I was in helping in the classroom and the teacher was going to be doing assessments in another classroom for an hour or so, I helped each child apply pain to their hand and then put their handprints on the bag. I then wrote their names by their print with permanent fabric marker, and then on the card put the line "you have touched our hearts and we'll carry you with us forever".
    26. Joy
      Monday, March 31st, 2008
      These are great ideas! Here is another idea that I actually received from a friend of mine. She made a batch of rice crispie treats and then cut one large heart out of it and wrapped in colored saran wrap and then traced and cut her daughter's hand out of construction paper attached it to the wrapped treat and wrote "You have touched my heart. Thank you for being my teacher." This could also work well with heart shaped sugar cookies.
    27. Megan
      Sunday, February 24th, 2008
      People like you make being a teacher all that much nicer. It's wonderful to have the rewarding experience with the children, but knowing that the parents appreciate it is just the icing on the cake. Thank you for doing this.
    28. Thursday, May 10th, 2007
      These are all fantastic! Thank you so much for the great ideas!
    29. Thursday, May 10th, 2007
      I love all of your ideas!!! When I lived in Alabama we did Teacher Appreciation but here in Missouri they do not do it. So I send gifts all year long for holidays. Thanks for the idea.
    30. Tuesday, May 8th, 2007
      What a bunch of great ideas!! Thanks for sharing these.
    31. Monday, May 7th, 2007
      I'm here from Karla's, and these are very creative! I am bookmarking this page.
    32. Monday, May 7th, 2007
      Thank you for posting this. We love our son's preschool teacher and I had no idea it was Teacher Apprciation Week. Luckily, I have a cute bag of Pistachio nuts and cute die cuts to make a gift tag!

      P.S. We made your Blarney Teasure Stones for the class for St. Patrick's Day and they were a huge hit!
    33. Sunday, May 6th, 2007
      What you have listed sounds like the greatest teacher appreciation gify I have ever heard of!!
    34. Sunday, May 6th, 2007
      perfect perfect perfect!!! I love these ideas! Thank you!